The Names Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What holiday is approaching at the beginning of Chapter 8?

2. On what topic does James engage his landlord in Chapter 10?

3. In Chapter 8, what is Volterra unsure of regarding his possible documentary?

4. What is distinct about the writing style of Chapter 14?

5. At the beginning of Chapter 13, how does James decide his son's life in British Columbia must be?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Owen look in Chapter 12?

2. In Chapter 8, what does James see in Mani that shakes him up?

3. In Chapter 12, why does Owen go to Lake Rajsamand?

4. How is Chapter 14 connected thematically to the rest of the novel?

5. What point about the murders does Andahl make in Chapter 9?

6. How does DeLillo illustrate James' awkward relationship with his landlord in Chapter 10?

7. How did Del Nearing and Frank Volterra meet?

8. What offer does David Keller make James in Chapter 8, and how does James respond?

9. What unsettling information does Ann Maitland tell James in Chapter 10?

10. How has Rowser become more paranoid in Chapter 11?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about Owen Brademas and his function thematically in the narrative. Based on first impressions from the opening chapters, what does Owen value above all else in life? What does he want to achieve? Discuss how these objectives drive Owen to seek out the cult, and how his skills make him the most effective of the searchers. Why does he become paralyzed by the prospect of meeting the cult? How does his experience with them leave him?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about the Language Cult and how it becomes a symbol in the novel. To what extent does the language cult exist outside of time and place? In what ways is it stateless and oddly innocent? In discussing the otherworldliness of the cult, determine what it represents to the people who search it out. What do these lost Americans long to find at the end of the search for the cult? To what extent does the cult represent a pre-American world?

Essay Topic 3

Don DeLillo's novel deals with the notion of marriage in the latter half of the twentieth century by observing several married people dealing with issues of modern marriage. Write an essay about three such individuals. How does each individual feel about the marriage? How do they deal with the temptations involved in living abroad? How do these decisions affect the marriage? Discuss the state of the marriage at the end of the novel:

Part 1) James Axton

Part 2) Ann Maitland

Part 3) Janet Ruffing

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